After all of the drama of last week’s premiere, this week’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was a little anti-climactic.
It had the requisite blend of medical problems and relationship angst, but until the powerful final minute of the show, it lacked a certain je ne sais quoi. Here are the highlights.
Richard’s Recovery Hits A Roadblock
Richard’s(James Pickens Jr.) recovery from his electrocution and lifesaving surgery is not going well. He is losing weight but refuses a feeding tube. Bailey (Chandra Wilson) defers to his wishes but Ross (Gaius Charles) can tell he needs one. He contacts Meredith (Ellen Pompeo), who ultimately realizes that, as the person with power of attorney, she needs to see him, though she is still recovering from surgery.
Ross tells him that he will die without a tube and tells him Meredith will force him to have one. When Bailey and Meredith find out Ross placed the tube, they are mad, but he points out that Richard was starving to death and neither of them was willing to act.
Richard tells Meredith her he didn’t choose her to make decisions about his care because he thinks of her as family. He did it because he thought she would be unemotional. He hoped she would let him die.
The Board is Too Dysfunctional to Do Its Job
The outpatient operating room was severely damaged in the storm and cannot be used until it is repaired. Chief-of-Staff Owen (Kevin McKidd) wants the board to come up with the money to fix it, but between Meredith and Derek’s (Patrick Dempsey) parental leave, Callie and Arizona’s marital problems and Cristina’s general hatred of administrative functions, they can’t bring themselves to sit down and have a meeting.
Jackson (Jesse Williams) is scheduled to perform a pro bono facial reconstruction on a burn patient who has maxed out her insurance. It’s a rare and timely reference to something this show usually glosses over: All of the amazing procedures that the doctors perform every week are really expensive and in real life no insurance company would approve a lot of the experimental high risk procedures, assuming the patients even have insurance.
Owen has declared a moratorium on pro bono surgeries because all of the hospital’s discretionary funds need to go toward repairing the storm damage. Jackson points out that he’s the boss and tells Owen to move patients to other hospitals if necessary, referring to him as a traffic cop, which Owen naturally finds offensive.
He tells Jackson he found another surgeon for his patient and schedules him for a bunch of liposuction procedures. He actually just moved Jackson’s patient to another room and will use the proceeds from the liposuctions to pay for the reconstruction.
Jackson realizes Owen is right, apologizes, then sends emergency pages to the entire board to force everyone to show up in the same place. Once they have assembled, he announces that they are going to throw a black-tie fundraiser to save the hospital. Yes! Bring on the soap opera gala!
Callie is Not Even Close to Forgiving Arizona
Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) gets a cute new haircut and wears a dress to work in the hopes that her first couples therapy appointment with Callie will lead to a reconciliation.
Callie (Sara Ramirez) is getting cold feet about going. She performs surgery on a woman who wants the doctors to tell her husband that she cheated on him with his brother if she doesn’t make it.
The woman dies but Callie can’t bring herself to break the husband’s heart. Callie shows up for therapy, but tells Arizona that she isn’t going inside. She thinks Arizona cheated because she had been unhappy for a long time and needs individual therapy. That’s an understatement.
April Gets the Results of her Boards
April (Sarah Drew) is concerned that she failed her boards again. When the results come in, she makes Jackson read them because she is scared to look. She passed. Though they are still obviously attracted to each other, they can only high five in celebration because they are both involved with other people.
Alex and Jo
Alex (Justin Chambers) and Jo (Camilla Luddington) still haven’t had sex because they are never alone. Cristina (Sandra Oh) realizes he wants it to be special and mocks him. Then she tells him if he’s found the right person, it will automatically be special. At the end of the episode they are finally alone in the house, and jump each other.
Cristina is Determined to Move on from Owen
Cristina and Owen continue fighting their attraction to each other. They are having difficulty transitioning from lovers to friends and colleagues. At the end of the episode, Cristina tells him they need to see other people so they can get over each other. Given that no one on the show dates anyone who doesn’t work at the hospital, their only options seem to be the interns, which is hard to picture.